Beijing—Chinese officials recently denied entrance to a cargo shipment of corn from the United States on the grounds that it was contaminated with an unapproved strain of genetically modified corn, Reuters reports.

According to the 2013 WholeFoods Retailer Survey, prepared foods are a key driver of foot traffic and sales in many natural products stores. Prepared foods—such as ready-made meals, fresh juice from a juice bar, bakery items and the like—comprised about 13.13% of overall sales among independent natural products retailers. Without a doubt, shoppers are drawn to stores that have fresh, delicious prepared foods that can make for a quick, healthy meal.

The updated food safety rules proposed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are being criticized by many parties, especially small farmers. The rules, which are mandated by the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), had their public comment period extended after technical issues prevented users from uploading comments to the Web site.

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Caen, France—A 2012 research paper linking genetically modified (GM) corn with tumor growth in rats has been retracted by the journal Food and Chemical Toxicology. The study has frequently been cited by those who question the safety of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in the food supply.

The updated food safety rules proposed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are being criticized by many parties, especially small farmers. The rules, which are mandated by the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), have had their public comment period extended twice after technical issues prevented users from uploading comments to the Web site. The deadline now sits at January 27, 2014.

Washington, D.C.—A prohibition on the use of trans fat as an ingredient in food products could be coming from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). By removing the generally recognized as safe (GRAS) designation from trans fat, the agency would, in effect, make its inclusion illegal.

Beijing—Chinese officials recently denied entrance to a cargo shipment of corn from the United States on the grounds that it was contaminated with an unapproved strain of genetically modified corn, Reuters reports.

Fairfield, IA— Experts have suggested there may be a link between genetically modified (GM) foods and gluten-related disorders, including celiac disease.